The Cleaner of Chartres ePUB ¼ The Cleaner PDF/EPUB

The Cleaner of Chartres ePUB ¼ The Cleaner  PDF/EPUB From the author of Miss Garnet s Angel, a story of the redemptive power of love and community in the famous French cathedral townThere is something very special about Agn s Morel A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople No one knows where she came from or why Not Abb Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury, the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner She has transformed each of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agn s is hidingWhen an accidental encounter dredges up a series of tragic incidents from Agn s s youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatens to upend the woman s simple, peaceful life Her story reveals a terrible loss, a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past Agn s wrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizens piece together the truth about her life I really struggled with the beginning of this book The sentence structures are sometimes so convoluted that it is difficult to say who the different parts refer to one sentence I could make neither head nor tail of The author also has a penchant for long and obscure words, and while I enjoy extending my vocabulary, always choosing five or four syllable words where two syllable words would do just fine whoever heard of convivial sparrows does not a reader friendly book make A third issue I really struggled with the beginning of this book The sentence structures are sometimes so convoluted that it is difficult to say who the different parts refer to one sentence I could make neither head nor tail of The author also has a penchant for long and obscure words, and while I enjoy extending my vocabulary, always choosing five or four syllable words where two syllable words would do just fine whoever heard of convivial sparrows does not a reader friendly book make A third issue is the constant jumps in time, which occur with nearly each new chapter However, once I got used to the author s idiosyncratic art of narration, I got so pulled into the story that I read the second half of the book in one sitting I read this book for one of my book groups and while it probably isn t one I would have chosen myself, I am very glad I got the chance to read it There are several words of wisdoms dotted around these pages particularly from the wise and congenial Abb Paul and I think Agn s story will stay with me for quite some time Now, if you will excuse me, I need to find an occasion to work the words coterminously and uxorious into my next conversation This is a story of love, loss, faith and forgiveness There s a rich array of characters, some good, some bad, but all interacted perfectly to retain my interest It had an ending that suggested to me that there could be a follow up, but still concluded in a satisfying way. I just couldn t take this book, it was such tedious reading The character of Agnes was quite unbelievable and I didn t really care about her anyway In fact I didn t really care about anyone at all And then having reached that point, I didn t care about reading anyAnd so I stopped.The author has taken all her many occupations in life and fictionalised them and has used a lot of devices that make a certain type of book successful unknown but traumatic past, enigmatic heroine hiding sec I just couldn t take this book, it was such tedious reading The character of Agnes was quite unbelievable and I didn t really care about her anyway In fact I didn t really care about anyone at all And then having reached that point, I didn t care about reading anyAnd so I stopped.The author has taken all her many occupations in life and fictionalised them and has used a lot of devices that make a certain type of book successful unknown but traumatic past, enigmatic heroine hiding secrets, a crime, the wrong person accused by leading light, etc etc This may well work for people who like this genre, I don t and it didn t for me.But it wasn t badly written and I didn t hate it, it just didn t hold my interest at all, so 2 stars This bewitching novel follows the life of Agnes Morel, who was found asleep one day in the North Porch of the cathedral of Notre Dame, in the old town of Chartres Each chapter alternates between her past and her present, as we learn how Agnes was found as an abandoned baby, how she was brought up in a convent and how tragedy overcame her Eventually she flees to Chartres, where she gradually finds a place of her own, cleaning both at the cathedral and the homes of many of the towns inhabitants, This bewitching novel follows the life of Agnes Morel, who was found asleep one day in the North Porch of the cathedral of Notre Dame, in the old town of Chartres Each chapter alternates between her past and her present, as we learn how Agnes was found as an abandoned baby, how she was brought up in a convent and how tragedy overcame her Eventually she flees to Chartres, where she gradually finds a place of her own, cleaning both at the cathedral and the homes of many of the towns inhabitants, and becoming an essential part of the lives of many people in the community, Amongst those who lives are touched by Agnes are Robert Clement, an artist who Agnes models for, Professor Jones, who relies on Agnes to organise him, Abbe Bernard who is elderly and confused, Philippe Nevers, who Agnes babysit as a young boy, and Alain who is restoring the cathedral Unfortunately for Agnes, some of the others include the vicious gossip Madame Beck, who feels that Agnes has bad blood When Madame Beck discovers the secrets of Agnes early life, she uses the information against her When a tragedy occurs, what starts as slander becomes dangerousAgnes is a wonderful character naive, solitary and deeply hurt, but always kind and gentle Madame Beck is someone that, sadly, we all recognise The bitter and unkind gossip, who delights in spreading ill will under the guise of concern for others Yet both the vicious Madame Beck and Agnes herself underestimate the regard in which she is held I have always loved Sally Vickers novels and this is easily up there with the best of her work great characters, well plotted and with interesting themes, this would be ideal for a book club as there is so much to discuss and enjoy

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